Earlier this week I read a question on an education blog asking what aspect of your teacher training was most overlooked. In my case, I’d say it was any instruction on dealing with classroom discipline issues. I did get some of that from my student teaching, as my supervising teacher was a master teacher with 30 years of teaching under her belt. But an actual class in classroom discipline techniques is sadly lacking in education schools. I’ve never even heard of such a class being offered.
I laughed aloud watching this great video demonstration for teachers. The first role-play demonstrates how things might typically go in a high-school classroom with a teacher being cursed-out by a student. It does not end successfully for either the teacher or the student. The second role-play shows an entirely different approach taken by the teacher, in reaction to the students’ behavior. It ends successfully for both the teacher and student.
I only wish I had had this type of instruction when I was in ed school.